Last week, we pulled off the rare and incredible feat of a warm SUNNY wedding ceremony in San Francisco in July! For those of you who know San Francisco, a warm day in July is hard to find. Cue the Mark Twain quote. Friends and family who have come out to visit me in the "middle of summer!" always end up with at least two tourist-y San Francisco heavy duty sweat shirts. Usually one says "Escaped from Alcatraz!" Of course, I couldn't control the weather and was relieved and elated when it ended up being perfect, but the rest of the wedding was pretty serendipitous as well. Venue: The historic General's Residence at Fort Mason Center. The ceremony was on the back lawn and from where my bride and groom were standing, you could see Alcatraz, Aquatic Park, and Fisherman's Wharf--clear as day! We set out 8 benches and 4 large floral arrangements to define the space and some guests sat while many stood around the benches, glasses of wine in hand, as the short and sweet ceremony commenced. My clients wanted it to feel like a backyard party and we achieved that, but heightened it of course. This was a wedding after all! Decor: We were mixing a few diverse elements here, as is usually the case with weddings these days. The bride wanted her Chinese heritage to be a part of the wedding so we included Chinese characters on her bouquet, the cake, and the escort cards. Mismatched milk glass vases ruled the tables and were filled with soft greens and pink flowers. Food and wine was a top priority for my wine distributor groom so we mixed in wine crates and passed beautiful, colorful appetizers and cocktails during the cocktail hour. The overall look stood on it's own, but we used DIY gold gilded frames and lots of family pictures to compliment the almost royal, military, vintage look that the venue itself possesses. Catering: This was big. 15 Romolo, the classic North Beach bar and restaurant, catered this wedding and contracted for two whole roasted pigs (yep, think Luau) to be delivered and served as part of dinner. Also for late night pork sliders. Whole salmon accompanied the pig for a delicious dinner buffet. Heirloom tomato salads, crazy good grilled cheese sandwiches with beet soup, and amazing polenta rounded out the evening of food. The cake was a 3-tier red velvet by Jessica Sullivan, a pastry chef at renowned Boulevard. And the drinks...well, remember that the groom is a wine distributor in SF, and that the food and beverages were at the very top of the list for priorities. The bartenders were incredible and so were the drinks. Of course! This wedding was classic San Francisco--start to finish. From the gorgeous views, to the vibrant, Farmer's Market fresh fruits and vegetables, to the historical SF coffee table book we used as a guestbook, to the fog that rolled in right as the party was ending. It was quintessentially San Francisco and my clients were over the moon--about their wedding, about each other, and about the experience they were able to share with their friends and family from far and near.
I hope to share more about this wedding later, featuring pictures from the fabulous photographer Dave Medal. For this post, the instagram pics were taken by my illustrious assistant, Kristi Vidler. I loved working at this venue and I loved this wedding! Stay tuned!
PS--When I said 'historical', I meant it! For those of you interested (dad)...check this place out!